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Laura: A Creole Plantation

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Address: 2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone Number: +1 225-265-7690
10:00 am - 5:15 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's...
Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's acclaimed tour, named by the Lonely Planet Travel Network as the "Best History tour in the US," is based upon 5,000 pages of documents discovered in the French National Archive and upon Laura Locoul's "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," handwritten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936. This 70-minute guided tour focuses on actual events in the lives of plantation owners, women, slaves, and children, their traditions, customs, mores, their folklore, the skilled workmanship of enslaved African artisans and the complex, intimate personal relationships they shared at this and other sugar plantations on the Great River Road.

Through life-sized figures, portraits, photos, slave and business records, weapons, clothing, heirlooms, and furniture, visitors are brought face-to-face with some remarkable Creole personalities whose stories are rich in documented detail. The intimate, honest examination of their lives fully reveals what is essentially a tale of human tragedy and the eventual disintegration of Louisiana's original Creole culture. Your Laura experience begins with a visit through the Maison Principale (built 1805), then onto the plantation grounds, into the formal French Garden, kitchen garden and Banana-Land grove, concluding in the 1840s slave cabins where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (known in English as that legendary rascal "B'rer Rabbit") were recorded. Located in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country just off Interstate-10, halfway to Baton Rouge, the Laura Plantation complex is surrounded by fields of sugarcane and includes 12 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, barns, cottages, slave cabins, dowager house (1829) and plantation store (gift shop). 

 La visite de la Plantation Laura se fait en francais tous les jours a 11h, 13h, et 15h. 

 Laura is open daily from 9:30AM - 5PM except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10AM with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4PM. 

 Before or after your Laura tour, enjoy authentic, homestyle Cajun food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.

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Went with Cajun Encounters out to Oak Alley and Laura Plantations. While both tours give lots of insight into the era and the lifestyles, it was the Laura tour that stays with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Went with Cajun Encounters out to Oak Alley and Laura Plantations. While both tours give lots of insight into the era and the lifestyles, it was the Laura tour that stays with me. Although smaller and maybe less grand than Oak Alley, our tour guide at Laura, Rose, was so personable and made the history and the stories come alive.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This tour is more a history lesson than anything else. You learn more about slave workers & how they were treated. Worth a stop

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is a creole type plantation which is different than the antebellum plantations I had previously toured. The house is well maintained. Ethan, one of the best tour guides I have had anywhere in the world, gave us a very informative and interesting tour of the house and grounds and could answer any question from any tour guest. There is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I've toured many plantations along the River Road and Laura is one of the most outstanding. Where other plantations whitewash the slavery issue, Laura brings it to the forefront and one feels a true sense of what life was really like during that period. The history is rich and palpable. A must see for any history buff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Doug, our tour guide knows his history. He was very informative and with a bit of humor kept everyone's attention. The whole tour was impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

In all plantations we visited, Laura Plantation has the best history and story to tell...and I cant just tell u the story here because you have to experience the story itself. The tour guide, Rocky, has been so helpful in all our questions about the family of Laura, u know, the interest was there (that made me purchase the book... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Our guide was so-so. He kept saying they did not use nails, and we could see many nails and screws. He may have been new to the job, but we did not enjoy this as much as other plantations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

On top of all the great history this place he to offer, it is also a beautiful place. I would recommend to anyone, with or without kids.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I really enjoyed the tour of this plantation. The house was nice, but the real draw here is the excellent guides and the amount of knowledge they have. They spent alot of time not only on the house but the grounds, and were very good at explaining creole plantation life. I would recommend this tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We had a great tour here with our guide Ethan. He was a very energetic and knowledgeable leader for our group and able to answer all questions. The tour goes through all areas of the house and associated yard and buildings in roughly 2 hours. I have heard this is the best one to do if you have to pick... More 

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